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, the olympian. >>> still ahead, the danger from outer space. reaction from russia's close enkousht with a ten-ton meteorite. you're watching "andrea mitchell reportings" only on msnbc. i wanted to call on a few people. ashley, ashley marshall... here. since we're often all on the move, ashley suggested we use fedex office to hold packages for us. great job. [ applause ] thank you. and on a protocol note, i'd like to talk to tim hill about his tendency to use all caps in emails. [ shouting ] oh i'm sorry guys. ah sometimes the caps lock gets stuck on my keyboard. hey do you wanna get a drink later? [ male announcer ] hold packages at any fedex office location. >>> in south africa olympian oscar pistorius sobbed openly in a south african court today as he formally was charged in had the murder of his girlfriend. a sports icon in hits country, pistorius made history as the first double amputee track athlete to compete in the olympic games. joining me now is mary core i willo with nbc sports who knows him well, profiled oscar pistorius at his home last summer for "rock center" and has been follow
. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. just like the meteor slamming into russia, elizabeth warren is already banging heads in the senate. >> the question i really want to ask is about how tough you are. >> we'll show you how the new sheriff of wall street is outclassing her fellow freshmen, and how the new cop on the beat means trouble for big banks. >>> ten years after george w. bush dragged the country into war in iraq, and explosive new documentary narrated by rachel maddow details the trail of deception like never before. rachel joins me to preview the film tonight. >>> plus, the big congressional panel on john boehner's decision to go on vacation before we go off another cliff. >>> it was the biggest meteor blast in 100 years. so how did we know about an asteroid the size of a swimming pool but not a meteorite the size of a house? good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. progressives finally have something to be hopeful about when it comes to congress. now, the 113th congress kicked off in a pretty disappointing fashion. there could have been meaningful f
. it is caught on tape. [explosion] this happened 900 miles east of moscow in russia. happened in broad daylight too. good morning, everybody. there is lot to talk about this today. i'm bill hemmer. plenty of stuff. welcome on a friday morning. welcome to heather. >> i'm heather nauert in for martha maccallum heather: it create a shock wave. it bloke glass for hundreds of miles. lots of people were hospitalized. bill: it is so pure because it is day time. there are so many shots of this too. you can see the traffic moving through the street. they say sometimes when this happens, it will happen over the ocean or over the sea. and you don't get the same images. heather: you never know about it. bill: but this is a big city now. happened in a big russian city in the ural mountains, hours before a asteroid buzzes either to the closest on record but we're told there is no connection. greg palkot has more in london. what do we know about this event, greg. >> reporter: amazing amateur video we've been watching as you folks at that i can take it in as well. it happened in a russian city 130 miles east o
gallery coincidence to there was this other daytime meteor in russia. so what we want to do is get out there and nudge it. you can do it by just slamming a rocket into it. at the planetary society, we do it by a flotilla, that would cause the surface to evaporate, nudge it off force, or you can go out there and just set it off, hoping that you're not going to screw it up and create a shower of these things which could be even worse. but we are the first generation of humans that can do something about it. so yes, a very scary day, but in a sense, an exciting day. and so right away, congressman lamar smith, from texas, a conservative said let's convene an asteroid meeting, we're all in. let's figure out what to do. >> i would like the asteroid meeting, i'm excited about the floating sun >> you can read more of my work at wonkblog.com. the "ed show" is up next. >>> good evening, americans, and welcome to "the ed show" from new york. meteors crashing into earth. congress goes on vacation again? and elizabeth warren is the new sheriff in town. all that and rachel maddow joins us tonight. b
these. ♪ we learned that driving in russia is terrifying, thanks to dash cams that catch more than just meteors. here in the states, a dash cam caught some shocking moments of its own, luckily, no students were on the bus at the time. and while russia cleaned up its meteor mess, the skies in florida were still lighting up with space debris. and the last one for our own bill karins, we'd never make him fly a stunt plane but this weather man was not so lucky. >> oh my! >> and lights out. >> that's like jim carrey, the facial impression, forced by gs. >> my favorite of all the clips of the week was the otter. >> i know you liked that. >> it was cool for the fact that he enjoyed doing it. i'm going to try to train my dogs to do something cool. i can't get them to sit. >> we love animal video. if you do it we'll put it on. >>> all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments on those stories and the best political analysis on msnbc. and tonight, be sure to watch "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> and here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today"
later at 5:00. >> we want to take you back to our top story immediateorite explosion over russia. >> came out of nowhere. blinding light streaking across the sky, and then... shock wave. the blast shattering windows and knocking down a wall. witnesses thought they were under attack. they're bombing this man says, and on the streets, chaos. scientists say this was the biggest meteor in over a century, 7700 tons much of it burned upaq!añ but flagments slammed into the ground and smashed into a lake. >> it's no small he skprent shows you the destructive nature of the objects. >> what nasa says it was not was part of this asteroid. it buzzed clo to earth today. 100 tons races towards earth every day. national safety counsel estimates you're twice as likely to be struck by lightning than hit by an asteroid but three times more likely than being injured by fire works. 20,000 troops have been sent to help residents. those people are spending a night without windows temperatures in that part of russia are well below zero tonight. >> a giant asteroid talking about has nothing to do with
. their decision could change things for many voters in the south. >>> and speaking of cosmic chances, russia's run-in with a meteorite was a surprise shake up for the whole planet, literally. we'll talk to the only physicist in congress about why he says the u.s. isn't ready for the next hit. >> good morning from shoreland narc park in new zealand. it's wednesday, february 27th, 2008. >> it's really tomorrow there. thanks to our good friend, reid wilson for sending us that video all the way from new zealand. let's get right to my first reads of the morning. americans may be sharply divided over the wisdom of the automatic across the board spending cuts that will hit friday, but they agree on this. their patience is wearing thin as washington stumbles into another manufactured budget crisis. as republicans continue to say he's playing politics, the president took his pr campaign to newport news, virginia, a ship building town heavily dependent on military spending. >> these cuts are wrong. they're not smart. they're not fair. there's a sensible way of doing things and there's a dumb way of doing th
we want to share with you. from the new york times -- speaking of russia, a story inside the washington post, getting a fair bit of attention -- japan as number 3, 83 years. the u.s., 51st, 78.5 years. russia is 164, with the average life expectancy of 66.5. as you can see, a lot of young russian women smoking, which is prevalent throughout the country. president putin saying, it is time to cut smoking. roger joins us from missouri, as we get back to your calls and comments on sequestration. one week to go. will it matter? caller: hello, sir. how are you? at 48 years of age, i was 100% disabled. for me and others like me, how was it going to affect that part? host: will you be impacted, do you think? caller: i'm curious. host: what is your biggest concern? caller: if they cut off my funding. host: what is your wife saying? caller: if the cut the pay check off. host: the biggest cuts will be to the military. most of the social programs will not be harmed. thank you for the call from missouri. from the twitter page -- another look at another set of numbers. hillary clinton,
and the neck. willy joel going to play in russia did more for relations between the two countries than any politician or media journalist did. >> if it was michael jordan, it might have had a better impact than a clown prince of basketball. he's not really an ambassador of our culture as well. >> north korea is not russia. russia made a lot of progress by the time that happened. >> john: i have to be an optimist. it is a start. i understand the washington generals are going on their show first. my panel stays with me after the break. when we look at the one case in history when the nra wasn't calling for more guns. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. (vo) she's joy behar. >>current will let me say anything. >> john: welcome back. i have a very quick question for my panel. today is the one-year anniversary of the trayvon martin shooting. what has america learned and has america grown or accomplished anything in the wake of this? and i would like to start with richard socarides.
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. the pope steps down at the end of the month. across southern russia, it's cleanup day today, the biggest thing is the broken glass and the damaged buildings. 4,000 buildings were damaged. watch and listen. this video is from a high school student when, took it when the meteor created a sonic boom. it radiated over 80,000 square miling. 1,000 people were hurt mostly by flying gas. jesse jackson jr. has been charged with misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. he bought personal items. including michael jackson items. and bruce lee items. it will be up to a judge if he will serve any prison time. by now you have probably heard stories from the carnival ship. fights over food, and sleepless nights. but for two passengers this cruise was about more than getting away from it all. this is about much, much more. they boarded the ship to say farewell, scattering the ashes of a long-time friend who died recently from cancer. for them, this was going to be a hard trip no matter what. and it became worse than anyone could have imagined. we will speak with one of the women here in a moment on cnn, firs
, nothing shook up the internet more than these -- ♪ we learned that driving in russia is terrifying thanks to dash cams that catch more than just meteors. here in the states, a dash cam caught some shocking moments of its own. luckily, no students were on the bus at the time. and while russia cleaned up its meteor mess, the skies in florida were still lighting up with space debris. and finally, this last one is for our own bill karins. we'd never make him fly a stunt plane, but this weather man wasn't so lucky. >> a right, then a left. >> and speaking of bill karins, he's back for another look at the weather. would you be up for something like that? >> passing out? >> no, the plane stunts. >> i chickened out. i had a chance to with the blue angels. >> what's the latest on the weather? >> this weekend's forecast, the problems are mostly this morning in the midwest. wisconsin, minnesota and through the ohio valley, a lot of freezing rain out there and a little bit will be heading into virginia and north carolina. as we go throughout the day saturday, heavy rain develops through the southeast
away. we will be broadcasting live from sochi, russia. >>> a bay area football coach fired after a hazing scandal involving his players is now suing the catholic diocese. the coach says he followed all the rules and did all the right things. we do have to warn you the details of the alleged hazing are graphic. jodi hernandez is live in san francisco with more on the st y story. jodi? >> reporter: the coach and his attorney believe he was made the scapegoat for a shocking incident of hazing, some incidents that the coach was responsible for bringing to light. instead of getting a pat on the back, the coach got a kick out the door and now the fired coach is firing back. >> i was angry. i was shocked. i was -- i felt like this is unbelievable. >> reporter: ousted head football coach chris sarbone turning into action. after they fired him from st. patrick's st. vincent high school over a hazing incident that he brought to the school's attenti attention. >> you show integrity, you show character, you show compassion, you try to end something bad that's happening on your campus, and y
states. the two the started it, united states and russia, have the largest arsenal. everyone has dozens. the united states and russia have 95% of the weapons. then you get united kingdom, france, china, india, pakistan, each with somewhere between 100 and 200 nuclear-weapons. north korea has a couple of weapons, maybe somewhere between six and 12. every time the test the use up some of their plutonium. the negotiated agreement in the 1990's with the nine states. host: what is the infrastructure that is needed to be a real threat? guest: that is a very quick -- a very good question. north korea cannot deliver this weapon. it is probably too bulky to put on a plane or missile. there is not much they can do with it. baby fat exit. but that is about it. most countries get a clear weapons and that is to stop other countries to stop from attacking them. it is one of the reasons nuclear-weapons have not been used in 60 years, despite the united states being in major wars. no one has used a nuclear weapon and that is because it not have much military value. you are seeing this change, particula
russia. four dol volcanoes they found erupting at the same time just over a hundred miles apart. they used a special camera and created an amazing virtual volcano tour. corey powell editor of a magazine joins us. this is not the one that i created in fourth grade. what are we seeing here? >> this is probably the most volcanic area on earth, in siberia. three crust ta crustal plates are crushing together, and where they slide you get a frenzy. there are 150 dormant ones. nobody has seen anything like this. four different volcanoes with four eruptions happening at the same time, unprecedented. martha: it's a great story about the photographers and how they basically stumbled on it. >> i new there were storm chasers, these guys were volcano chases. they were on their way to a photo chute in due by. the dubai. they hired a helicopter pilot and had him take them there where they were walking over hot lava to get these shots. martha: it's almost as if when you look at this you're seeing what that might have looked like. >> this is where the continents came from. this is new earth bein
of policy from the united states. >> from the u.s. now, there is no agreement with russia. russia is rearming assad, propping up the regime, and that was the contentious part of today's meeting. but what kerry seemed to be hinting at is that under pressure from the brits and certainly from the syrian opposition which initially said that they would not meet in rome with him in a couple of days, he called them and persuaded them saying show up, we've got something for you. this meeting will be worth your while. what he said to us is this is a right moment. it is a new secretary of state. it is a president on a second term. wait and see what happens. now -- >> you were staying that hillary clinton, leon panetta both wanted to arm the syrian rebel wrshz. >> arm some of them. >> the president vetoed it. you think he is telegraphing something. >> i think he thinks he is telegraphing something. i think he may think he has more running room than he has. we've seen that the white house really controls foreign policy more than the state department. hillary clinton didn't challenge that. she
china and korea and russia, and these countries have done more to promote domestic options for these children and have done more to reduce the number of children they are placing outside their own countries dramatically. china in 2005 placed 14,000 children in u.s. families, and last year, it was a little over 2000. there's also been pressure on countries to look at their own systems to make sure they are avoiding any forms of corruption. oftentimes when countries do that, they completely suspend international adoption programs, and the result is children stay in foster care or institutions. host: i believe that is the case particularly regarding russian adoptions. the headline from the "national journal" -- talk to us about what the situation is and how we got to where we are. guest: there was a piece of legislation passed by congress, and there was a provision addressing human rights issues in russia, and the russian people felt like it was a slap in the face. they chose to respond by passing a ban on adoption by american families. two things are a sad about this -- that
. no bodies or confirmation of a gun fight in the wake of a clash between grudge gangs. up next to russia we are getting a draw dropping new look at a meteor that crashed there. this is dashcam video as the meteor is speeding toward earth. there's a fireball as it gets closer and closer. it is mostly from broken windows and damage to buildings. archeologists found at least 130 human sacrificed bones that are 1200 years old. they were found in a field of a farm. researchers say the find is historic. more skulls than ever found at famous sacrificial temples in mexico. >> it is 43 after the hour. a n a new report finds more than half of the property owners in michigan did not pay their taxes last year. they had the highest property taxes. many homes 10 times more than they are worth. a study found nearly 1 in 10 teachers did not have the proper credentials to be in the classroom. the problem was worse in under ter forming schools which is low income and latino. budget shortfalls mismanagement and lack of qualified candidates. th >> that extreme weather continue to go hit the midwest this mornin
of russia that makes for the most contaminated nuclear site on the planet. >> wow. >> at the time of sequester, taxpayers spend $2 billion per year just maintaining the cleanup operation. then it was revealed that hundreds of gallons of high-level toxic waste have been leaking over the last several years right into the ground. eventually into the ground water and maybe the columbia river. >> you say the most contaminated site in the world behind places in russia. who's at risk? >> we have to realize that nuclear waste is a toxic witch's brew of chemicals, the most dangerous known to science. plutonium, enriched uranium, nitric acid solvents all mixed in a liquid vat. and we have 56 million gallons worth of this toxic stuff. to get this into perspective, to get your head around this imagine 80 olympic-sized swimming pools containing the most toxic substance known to science of which two olympic-size swimming pools have leaked right into the ground and eventually into the water table and, perhaps, even into people's drinking water. >> what are you going to do? >> we
doctor about celebrex. for a body in motion. >>> a 3-year-old boy adopted from russia is dead and texas authorities are calling his death suspicious. russian officials are not holding back judgment. but caught in the crossfire, american parents desperate to adopt and russia's orphans, more than 100,000 of them, waiting to be part of a family. here is cnn's phil black. >> reporter: sonia is only 8 years old but she already knows a lot about love and rejection. she was given up at birth, adopted not long after but then returned to the orphanage when she was 5 because her adoptive parents realized she had learning difficulties. i'd like to go back to my family, she says. i love them and they just left me. this boy spent most of his day in a wheelchair. he has spina bifida. he's dreaming that his condition is cured so a family wants to adopt him. this 6-year-old doesn't know why he was given up at birth. he says, my family kicked me out. these parents all live in a moscow organ naj. 3 to 18-year-olds, some live with disabilities, most don't. they are among russia's 130,000 orphans. despite
. in russia in 1908 a near carbon copy plowed into siberia giving russia a black eye. it wiped out thousands of real estate and was about the size of an apartment building and hit the force of three to ten tons of tnt. remember if it hit new york city it would really ruin your valentine's day. we're talking about a flash of light, a fire ball emerging and then we would have meteors and a firestorm spreading out to about 20 miles. that means long island westchester, fairfield county. >> you say it with such enthusiasm. and then it would go this far and everyone would die and there would be nothing left. we should say it's just animation it's animation. we dodge add bullet. it's not going to hit us. how rng we should point out there is other good news and that is very large objects like a mile across could wipe out life forms like dinosaurs, so the very fact that we're here talking today talk about this is because one wiped out the dinosaurs that was six miles across. it was a planet buster. and we're here today because of that fact, because of the fact that a gigantic o
russia and the impact it had on the entire globe. >>> a change of tune. why new jersey's governor now complaining loudly to the president about the response of hurricane sandy. >>> well, combination of some low clouds, higher clouds and mild morning, not nearly as cold as the last couple of mornings. that's for sure. it will be mostly sunny. upper 60s to low 70s. >>> all right. thank you, steve. >>> 7:13. the meteor that exploded in the skies over russia last month really made waves. we're talking about sound waves. scientists say the meteor unleashed a low frequency rumble felt around the world. the sound level, though, was far below what you and i can hear. but it's giving astronomers new clues about the meteor that injured more than a thousand people. >>> new jersey governor, chris christie, is asking the government to speed up federal aid to victims of hurricane sandy. he says flood insurance claims are processed too slowly. he even complained to president obama, calling the performance of the national flood insurance program unacceptage. more than 100,000 storm victims have filed
meteor hits earth, leaving scores of people hospitalized. we'll bring you details on the blast in russia. >>> and another space sighting, this one much closer to home, that's after the break. you're watching msnbc, the place for politics. it's been said that beauty is in the ewell...behold. der. behold water so blue it merges with the sky above. behold natural beauty above the sea, and far below. behold smiles so wide they stretch across the face of an entire nation. behold...the islands of the bahamas. a hairline fracture to the mandible and contusions to the metacarpus. what do you see? um, i see a duck. be more specific. i see the aflac duck. i see the aflac duck out of work and not making any money. i see him moving in with his parents and selling bootleg dvds out of the back of a van. dude, that's your life. remember, aflac will give him cash to help cover his rent, car payments and keep everything as normal as possible. i see lunch. [ monitor beeping ] let's move on. [ male announcer ] find out what a hospital stay could really cost you at aflac.com. i love the fact that quicken l
, the president of syria and his allies, russia and iran, not afraid sort to speak with the new announcement and aid. >> watching it all for us this afternoon, in cairo, thank you, sir. >>> the death of a mississippi candidate is ruled a homicide. that tops the look at stories around the "news nation" today. the body was found in the mississippi river wednesday. the 34-year-old had been called mississippi's first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office. police say a person of interest is in custody. >>> the nfl says it will investigate reports at least one prospective player questioned about the sexual orientation at the league scouting combine. nick cassa says he was asked questions like do you have a girlfriend and do you like girls? a nfl spokesman said the questions are impermissible subjects. >>> check this out. this one got our attention. look who's all chummy with north korea's kim jong-un. dennis rodman. the warm there as a basketball diplomat of sorts along with the camera crew filming for the vice series on hbo. rodman allegedly told the north korean leader, quote
civil rights history to people. i've got people in spain, russia and the solomon islands so i think technology may help, but the fact of the matter is it's a bigger problem than that. we have a history in the united states of being so uncomfortable across racial barriers that we aggressively misremember racial history. i grew up in atlanta and being taught that the civil war had nothing to do with slavery and the people who restore white supremacy in the south were the redeemers. that's a religious term when in fact, it was a terror. that's not just in the south but president kennedy said he was taught the same thing in harvard. we have a tendency to hide from these realities and we don't appreciate this brief period that was a doorway to new freedoms that we all cherish but not only for black people but for women disabled, senior citizens legal immigrants to change the face of america. and as dr. king said a for the white south who was liberated from segregation to the sun belt. it wasn't even fit for professional sports. >> michael: if you stop learning history you stop learning c
that rick santorum is speaking at the bik cpac meeting next month. and sarah, i can see russia from my house, palin. but, today, the biggest guest of all was announced. and he's literally the last person you'd want to hear talk about the future of the republican party. >> that's right, mr. 47%
some day. >> megyn: no, thanks, i'll keep my feet planted where they are. in russia they did an experiment with six astronauts simulated it in close confinement for 520 days, how did that go? >> surprisingly well. not only did they spend 17 months locked in a capsule together, it was international, europe, russia, chinese astronaut trainer, and they, you know, tackled all of their personal things, and things you would expect and said, yeah, you have to wise pick it. >> megyn: that's true. thanks. the coming up a new species of ants could now kill you and it's now invading america. oh, joy. i've gotine grams of protein. that's three times more than me! [ female announcer ] ensure clear. nine grams protein. zero fat. in blueberry/pomegranate and peach. nine grams protein. zero fat. peoi go to angie's listt for to gauge whether or not the projects will be done in a timely fashion and within budget. angie's list members can tell you which provider is the best in town. you'll find reviews on everything from home repair to healthcare. now that we're expecting, i like the fact that
of associated forces. even if they pose no immediate threat of attack in russia. how did state department treat this project with its human rights compliance? >> thank you. in fact, as i alluded to in my opening remarks and at greater length, and my testimony, it is a real problem where the state department spokesman is going to have to stand up after russia and china has used the drone against a dissident in a country in the state department will have to explain why that was and that it extremely important for our government and the executive branch to lay down is precisely clear rules for the use of drones. >> wouldn't it be the case that china or someone, the we would condemn that out of hand? that we wouldn't say that this one is okay, that one wasn't? >> if they were being attacked -- >> we are judging the impact at one point. >> is somewhere posing imminent threats to russia in the country they were in was unwilling or unable to prevent that threat, i think we would have to acknowledge the right to defend. >> something that john bellinger said. you need to process this. i do not understan
say they can handle that as well. syria says the move could heighten tensions iran and russia calling provocative. the group responsible for that attack last friday cited the deployment. others however say the u.s. is not doing enough and with 60,000 or more killed inside syria during this conflict, the u.s. is still on the sidelines. still, as we saw last week, israel attacking targets inside syria. more and more this conflict is becoming regional. now we have got a couple hundred servicemen and women from the united states in the mix as well. shep? >> greg palkot along the border for us. egyptian government is reportedly dealing with rising food prices, rampant unemployment and violent political crisis by advising its people to eat less. according to egyptian media. government officials have acknowledged across the board price hikes on food in the wake of what is the unrest that has rocked the economy. and those officials are now telling the egyptian people hey, don't overeat. meanwhile the iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad visited egypt today for the first time in we believe mo
that we wouldn't want russia, china, or iran to follow. yet, they may because we are claiming that authority. >> these are all great questions, and we really need to talk all these out, but i think the fact is that warfare has outrun the existing law, and we need to decide these questions. the questions you raise are really good and important ones. >> the huffington post david wood and the aclu, thank you both. >> thank you. >> coming up, president obama is set to address house democrats, and we will bring you his remarks live. first, party messenger, party savior, and party linguist. is marco rubio, the new bilingual voice of the gop. we will discuss ahead on "now." [ elevator bell dings ] i hate mondays. yeah, they're the worst. [ caribbean accent ] no worries, mon. every-ting will be alright. [ chuckles ] yeah, mon. come on! don't fret, me brotha. sticky bun come soon. ♪ yeah, wicked coffee, mista jim! julia, turn da frown de other way around! hey, dave, you're from minnesota, right? yes, i! da land of ten thousand lakes. the gopher state! so in conclusion, things are pre
consolation to the working mom. russia bills are high. your kids have needs that are getting more expensive -- for grocery bills are high. she is trying to get by. i think all of us know getting by is not the american dream. host: as you hear what eric cantor had to say, what was striking about that speech is its focus on domestic agenda, a middle-class agenda items and not some of the polarizing topics we've heard from republicans in 2012. guest: i'm a firm believer that the republican message on fiscal policy trump's the other sites message. and the majority leader, eric cantor has said, that is it benefited the economy? is it creating jobs? he is right on. there is no more important issue in this country. we have a basket full of issues -- the economy and job creation and death. that grouping has to be dealt with -- the economy and job redecoration -- creation and debt. host: 16.5 trillion is the nation's debt, and yet wall street continues to seek a record numbers. does it matter? is it resonating with americans? on main street. is if you do not have a job, -- and again, the focus needs
hir seem as. that's a nasty bit of business. russia got clobbered one other time when a rock about 330 feet across exploded, unleashed a 30-megaton blast. so these things do happen. >> schieffer: what is the likelihood of something like that happening gaining? we have a pretty good idea of what's out there but not 100% idea of what's out there. >> that's absolutely true. the likelihood of one of the rocks that just passed by we have one of them about every 40 years and it hits the ground every 1200 years. even though that's a love human lifetimes, it's something we want to avoid. we know in the 100 to 150-foot range there are a million such objects out there. nasa is doing a very good job cataloging all the ones they can, but so far they've been able to find just about 10,000 of them. so we're a little ways away from having the complete inventory. >> schieffer: well, let me just ask you this question-- is there something the government ought to be doing or science ought to be doing that it's not doing? >> actually, believe it or not we are handling this one well. in 1995, nasa authoriz
saying during the campaign that america's number one geo political foe was russia tp do they not realize that 1989 happened, that the berlin wall came down, that the soviet union and its satellite states actually collapsed? what's happening here? >> well, what's happening is that it is in many ways a throwback to the cold war era when republicans were really peaking at least from a foreign policy perspective and ronald reagan took a great deal of credit and is given a great deal of credit for the collapse of the soviet union. cruz and others are a rest of the new conservative politics where some of these senators when they used to come to washington even if they were fire brands who bucked the party were under a great deal of fresh to come into the tent of party leadership and adhere to their positions and vote with them because they knew the party leaders were the ones who could steer the money and connect them with the influence industry and the folks who could give them the money to run their re-election campaigns. now you have the tea party sort of ground troops who can support a cam
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